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Green thumbs flocked to Flora Blossom Festival

Ginger Café hosts World of Wines

 

Green thumbs flocked to Flora Blossom Festival

Pornthep Atthakitphaisarn, sales promotion manager of Central Airport Plaza, and Suchada Senasuthiphan, Hotels PR advisor join new Governor ML Panadda Disakul and Orachorn Chanwiwattana, General Manger of Central Airport Plaza at the Flora Blossom event at Central Aiport Plaza.

By Shana Kongmun

Central Aiport Plaza bloomed on Friday October 22, for the Flora Blossom Festival held on the ground floor. The opening event was attended by Chiang Mai’s new Governor, M.L. Panadda Disakul, Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn, head of the Northern Tourism Association of Thailand Chalermsak Suranant and various local and national celebrities such as Panida Tuwanont, Managing Director of the very popular Salad Concept on Nimmanhaemin and Thanawut Sriwattana (Kay), Duchy Boy 2008.

Central Airport Plaza’s ground floor was lavishly decorated in cut flowers, topiary and flowering plants for the festival which featured plants, gardening tools, and garden books on sale as well as numerous booths offering information and advice.

The grand opening featured local students performing on stage with two lovely young ladies performing beautifully on the violin, while another performed on the organ and another sang. The crowds gathered round to watch the performances and children delighted in the flower filled displays.

Unfortunately, the event was only held for three days, perhaps the life of the elaborate displays. But it was enjoyed by a great many people who made their way to Central to stop and smell the flowers.

Mayor Tassanai Buranapakorn, center, is joined by Orachorn Chanwiwattana,
GM of Central Airport Plaza and other celebrities at the flower festival.

Some of the many fantastic flower displays
at the Flora Blossom Festival at Central Airport Plaza.

 

Ginger Café hosts World of Wines

Ralph Van den Berg of Horeca Supply, with Lisa Keary, Patinya Srisuk (Joon), General Manager of Horeca Supply and Mo Tejani at the wine tasting event at Ginger.

By Shana Kongmun

Despite a few sprinkles, the rain held off for the evening of October 15 and some 200 plus people attended the Horeca hosted party with Chiang Mai Living at the Ginger Café. Parking was a problem and something organizers need to consider for future events, and it did drizzle a bit, but other than that the evening went off without a hitch.

Martin Venzky-Stalling and Peer Anderson enjoy a glass of wine as they discuss the upcoming Creative City Logo contest awards.

Mrinalai (Tina) Rai of Chiang Mai Living worked with Ralph Van den Berg and Joon of Horeca to organize the party, bring in the wines and get the party started. Live music was on offer, thanks to local favorite Pavel Ramirez on the guitar.

The World of Wines by Siam Winery offered French, Italian, Californian and Australian wines. And several Thai wines as well, Monsoon Valley, which has been around for a few years and a new one, Naga which nobody had heard of and was eager to try. Not a wine connoisseur myself, I can only say that I thought the white was quite nice, not too sweet and not too dry.

The party ended late, with a DJ spinning tunes inside and quite a few of the ladies (and a few of the gents) joining in to dance the rest of the evening away.

Horeca and Chiang Mai Living have announced another event for November, on the 5th and 6th. A Beerfest with Belgian and German beers on offer for tasting. At Le Marche, the Box on Nimmanhaemin Soi 5, tickets range in prices from 350 to 500 and can be booked at 0801268215.

From left, Patinya Srisuk General Manager of Horeca Supply is joined
by Raya Luelai, Mrinalani Rai (Tina) of Chiang Mai Living and Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail on the red carpet.

The party atmosphere was apparent as the event filled up



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